William Prynne (). Histrio-mastix. The players scourge, or, actors tragædie, divided into two parts. Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments. Vol. 6. The Drama to , Part Two. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. – Histrio-mastix The players scourge, or, actors tragædie, divided into two parts. Wherein it is largely By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.
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During his imprisonment, Prynne continued to produce anonymous pamphlets attacking leaders of hkstriomastix Anglican Churchwhich induced the authorities, into inflict further mutilation: This ponderous work by Puritan author William Prynne is essentially an extended argument against the perceived sins of the theater.
One of his earliest and best known works was Histriomastixa histriomastis on just about anything considered fun. Retrieved from ” https: In this passionate tirade of over one thousand pages larded with authorities in prymne and margins — classical philosophers, church fathers, Protestant theologians — Prynne denounced stage plays, cross-dressed male actors, court masques, mixed dancing in masques and everywhere else, maypoles, wakes and other rural festivals, country sports on the sabbath, Laudian ritual, stained-glass windows and much more, staking out the most extreme Puritan position on traditional recreations at court and in the countryside.
This blanket denunciation of Caroline culture was probably a factor in Charles’s decision to reissue James I’s Book of Sports a few months later. The Player’s Scourge; or, Actor’s Tragedy In this passionate tirade of over one thousand pages larded with authorities in text and margins — classical philosophers, church fathers, Protestant theologians — Prynne denounced stage plays, cross-dressed male actors, court masques, mixed dancing in masques and everywhere else, maypoles, wakes and other rural festivals, country sports on the sabbath, Laudian ritual, stained-glass windows and much more, staking out the most extreme Puritan position on traditional recreations at court and in the countryside.
Views Read Edit View history. At Prynne’s trial, some fifty separate and allegedly seditious excerpts from the book were quoted; but the one that has attracted most attention from subsequent critics is Prynne’s attack on women actors as “notorious whores. Effeminate, lascivious, amorous dancing, especially with beautiful women, or boys most exquisitely adorned in an infecting womanish dress on the open stage, where are swarms of lustful spectators, whose unchaste unruly lusts are apt to be enflamed with every wanton gesture, smile, or pace, much more with amorous dances is utterly unlawful unto Christians, to chaste and sober persons; as sundry Councils, Fathers, modern Christians, with ancient Pagan authors and nations, have resolved.
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Latest posts by Andrew Lundeen see all. This page was last edited on 13 Aprilat What wantonness, what effeminacy parallel to that which our men-women actors, in all their feminine, yea, sometimes in their masculine parts express upon the theater?
Picturing the Religious Life. One of the most Puritan of the Puritans, Prynne was not afraid to take aim at popular conventions, culture or leaders. John Milton, Samson Agonistes.
The severity of the sentence indicates the high stakes in these culture wars: Author Prynne, William, Apparently, Prynne was punished largely hisrriomastix of his comments on female stage actors.
Stage-Plays are thus odious, unseemly, pernicious, and unlawful unto Christians in the precedent respects [they were invented by idolatrous pagans and infidels for idolatrous worship] so likewise are they in regard of their ordinary style, and subject matter; which no Christian can or dares to patronize: Explore this text with Voyant Tools this link takes you to the voyant-tools.
1633: Women actors are “notorious whores”, writes Prynne
William Prynne, HistriomastixLondon, Inthe antiquarian E. It hath been always reputed dishonorable, shameful, infamous, for Emperors, Kings, or Princes to come upon a theater to dance, to masque, or act a part in any public or private Interludes, to delight themselves or others.
Huntington Library and Art Gallery. William Prynne, from Histrio-Mastix: O xford T ext A rchive: Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the ODNB.
Prynne was released from prison during the Long Parliament.
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